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Not to be confused with Matricide.

Mariticide (from Latin maritus "husband" + -cide, from caedere "to cut, to kill") literally means murder of one's husband. The murder of a wife is given the name uxoricide.

In England the punishment until 1790 was to be strangled and burnt at the stake.[1]

Notable instances[edit]


Anne Williams burned at the stake for mariticide in Gloucester, 1753.[1]


In Greek mythology

See also[edit]

  • Suicide, the killing of one's self
Familial killing terms:
Non-familial killing terms from the same root:
  • Deicide is the killing of a god
  • Genocide is the killing of a large group of people, usually a specific and entire ethnic, racial, religious or national group
  • Homicide is the killing of any human
  • Infanticide, the killing of an infant from birth to 12 months
  • Regicide is the killing of a monarch (king or ruler)
  • Tyrannicide is the killing of a tyrant


  1. ^ a b Samuel Walter Burgess, Historical illustrations of the origin and progress of the passions, and their influence on the conduct of mankind, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green, 1825, pp.134-135
  2. ^ Stateline Victoria
  3. ^ HTML Document: Regina v Knight [2001] NSWSC 1011 revised - 29 January 2002
  4. ^ Knight loses appeal for skinning partner - Breaking News - National - Breaking News